Remove paper tears in lion’s ical

These tabs must go

I have stopped trying to hide my obsessive cravings for simplicity and elegance in everything I interact with. The new iCal interface in OSx Lion looks great except for the incomplete tears of ‘paper’ left behind.

These simply can not stay! I have no tolerance for the distractions that result from carless tearing of paper. The carelessness and neglect of the UI designers at apple make my blood boil.


Luckily there is a hack to remove those pesky bits of paper, but it is pretty involved.

Here are the Steps thanks to

Make a backup of ical by right clicking then ‘Duplicate’

Right Click again and go to ‘Show Package Contents’


Navigate to /Contents/Resources and look for CanvasTopTile.png


Open your favorite image editor and remove the tabs. This part should be very satisfying.


You won’t be able to save this file directly into the Resources folder due to permissions

Save it to your desktop then copy it over by dragging and dropping. You will probably be asked for your admin password

* It is very important that the output file is the same size and quality as the original, or iCal will crash while trying to open.

You can download a perfectly edited file from red-sweater here:

Restart iCal and you should now have an interface free of annoying paper trails.


About spuder
spuder is a "super computer" support engineer by day, and tinkerer / hobbyist by night.

One Response to Remove paper tears in lion’s ical

  1. Craig says:

    I did not realize how much I hated it until it was gone.

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